As part of OurEnergyPolicy (OEP)’s initiative to formulate a set of principles to guide the development of sound energy policy, OEP hosted a webinar featuring legislators and energy leaders offering their views and expertise on the subject. With ideas from the webinar, this online discussion, and stakeholder engagement, OEP plans to release a document that can help guide policy creation at the federal, state, and local levels. 


In her opening remarks, Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) listed five principles that she encourages members of Congress and stakeholders to keep in mind:

  • Focus on the future, but make sure your goal is achievable
  • Keep the attributes of energy in mind
  • Focus on bipartisanship 
  • Follow the regular order process 
  • Be ready to compromise, so long as what is being asked is within reason

Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY-20)
followed these remarks with nine principles for national climate action, including these four:

  • Set scientific targets for GHG neutrality by mid-century
  • A clean U.S. economy must be strong, competitive, and fair
  • Avoid harm to first movers 
  • Create stable and predictable policies

The featured speakers added other potential principles for consideration:

  • Incorporating and emphasizing equity, inclusivity, and diverse participation for a just transition
  • Expanding and optimizing the nexus of federal, state, and local government
  • Considering objectives in tandem with one another, instead of as disparate aims
  • Viewing energy policy as one way of many to address climate change

We encourage everyone to contribute your thoughts and ideas on this question, namely what are the principles and values that should guide the development of sound energy policy.


Guiding Principles for Sound Energy Policy
February 10, 2020